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Don’t lose sight of the finish

If you’ve embarked on an exciting new goal but the enthusiasm you felt at the beginning has diminished, here’s how to rekindle it.

If you’ve embarked on an exciting new goal but the enthusiasm you felt at the beginning has diminished, here’s how to rekindle it.

Know your type Whether it is voicing your goals out loud in groups or setting yourself a personal target, consider which category you will best fit into. If it is the former, there are plenty of online groups and forums that can help keep you on track – with some even holding you accountable. If you progress better on your own, keep a diary of your everyday efforts. This will ensure you can track your progress and act as a huge motivator to keep going.

Remind yourself why It can be easy to give up when the going gets tough, but recalling the reason behind your resolve will ensure motivation follows. Placing visible reminders around you will help to solidify your resolve and encourage completion. For example, if you are studying for a degree and your reason is ‘family’, write it down and put it on your study table, computer and any other study areas.

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One day at a time Breaking down your goal into manageable parts and taking it day by day is the best way to achieve it. Focus on completing small tasks each day, rather than dwelling on the bigger picture. Completing tasks on a daily basis will be a huge confidence boost and reinforce the fact that you are capable of getting there.

Goals love company Resolutions become more achievable with a partner. Partners can provide you with a fresh perspective, help you overcome obstacles and provide support when you are feeling unmotivated. In addition to accountability, partnering can open new avenues to help you get there.

Make it fun Making your goal fun is a good way to maintain your motivation, especially if it is a goal that can get monotonous. Consider tracking your progress on social media by maintaining a blog. Looking back at the milestones you have achieved can give you that boost of confidence you need to continue. Sometimes obstacles seem too hard to overcome, but the journey towards a goal is an adventure. There is no better joy than getting to the finish line.

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